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UCLA Bruins

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The UCLA Bruins are the sports teams for University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The Bruin men's and women's teams participate in NCAA Division I as part of the Pacific-10 Conference and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF). For football, they are in the Football Bowl Subdivision of Division I (formerly Division I-A).

The UCLA school colors are "True Blue" and gold. The "True Blue" is a slightly darker shade than the previous powder blue worn by teams. The shade was developed by the UCLA athletic department and Adidas for the 2003 school year.

In the early days of the school, UCLA had the same colors as the University of California, navy blue and gold.

When football coach Red Sanders came to UCLA for the 1949 season he redesigned the football uniforms. The navy blue was changed to a lighter shade of blue. Sanders figured that the baby blue would look better on the field and in film. He would dub the baby blue uniform "Powderkeg blue", powder blue with an explosive kick. For the 1954 football season, Sanders added a gold loop on the shoulders, the UCLA Stripe.

Two very notable sports facilities serve as home venues for UCLA sports. Since 1982, the Bruin football team has played its home games at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. From 1923–81, including the Bruins' 1954 National Championship year, the team played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. The women’s gymnastics, men's and women's basketball, and volleyball teams play at Pauley Pavilion on campus. There is also Steele Field at the Jackie Robinson stadium, which is close to the campus.

As of 2008, UCLA has 103 NCAA team championships and 124 total national team championships, more than any other university. UCLA secured its three most recent NCAA championships during the month of May: on May 11, 2008]] when UCLA defeated archrival USC, 6–3, for the Women's Water Polo Championship, on May 20, 2008 when the Bruins defeated California for the Women's Tennis Championship, and on May 31, 2008 when UCLA defeated archrivals Stanford and USC for the Men's Golf Championship.

UCLA is the first, and currently only, school to win at least 100 NCAA championships. UCLA secured its 100th NCAA Championship on May 13th, 2007, when UCLA defeated Stanford, 5–4, for the 2007 Women's Water Polo Championship. In the following 2007–08 sports season, some UCLA sports teams commemorated this achievement by replacing the blue letter 'C' on their uniforms with a gold 'C' ('C' being the Roman numeral for 100).

Several of the most revered championships were won by the Men's Basketball team under coaches John Wooden and Jim Harrick. The rich legacy of UCLA basketball has produced 11 NCAA championships - 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, and 1995. From 1971 to 1974, UCLA men's basketball won an unprecedented 88 consecutive games, a record that many sports pundits consider unbreakable. Past rosters of UCLA basketball teams have included greats such as Rafer Johnson who was the 1960 Olympic Decathlon Champion, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then known as Lew Alcindor), Bill Walton, Reggie Miller and Walt Hazzard. The Bruins also had a winning record for 54 consecutive seasons from the 1948-1949 season to the 2001-2002 season.

In recent years, UCLA Men's Basketball has returned to prominence under Coach Ben Howland. Between 2006 and 2008, UCLA has been to three consecutive Final Fours, while UCLA's players have received numerous awards, most notably Arron Afflalo, a 2007 First-Team All American, and Kevin Love, a 2008 First-Team All American and the Pac-10 Player of the Year.

In 1954, the UCLA football team earned a share of the national title with a 9–0 record and a #1 ranking in the UPI football poll, while Ohio State was ranked #1 in the AP Poll. The Bruins have played in the Rose Bowl Game 12 times, winning 5 of them. The Bruins have won or shared the conference title 17 times. Among the many former UCLA football stars are Jackie Robinson (better known for his exploits as a baseball player, but nevertheless a 4-sport letterman and All-American), Heisman Trophy winner Gary Beban, Bob Waterfield, Troy Aikman, Carnell Lake, and Tommy Maddox. One of the great moments in recent history for the Bruins came on December 2, 2006, when they beat USC 13–9 in one of the greatest upsets in the rivalry.

The women's gymnastics team has won five NCAA Women's Gymnastics championships during the last decade under head coach Valorie Kondos Field, including championships in 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, and 2004. Two NCAA Men's Gymnastics championships (1984 and 1987) were won by the men's team before the program was discontinued.

Some notable former UCLA gymnasts include current stuntwoman Heidi Moneymaker and U.S. Olympic Team members Jamie Dantzscher, Mohini Bhardwaj, Kate Richardson, Tasha Schwikert, Kristen Maloney, Yvonne Tousek, Stella Umeh, Luisa Portocarrero, Tim Daggett, Mitch Gaylord, and Peter Vidmar. 2008 Canadian Olympic Gymnastics team member Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs is attending UCLA and is a member of the team for the 2008-2009 season. On March 22, 2009, the team won the Pac-10 Gymnastics Championship, their 14th title.

The men's soccer team won the 2008 Pacific-10 Conference championship and received the conference's automatic bid in the NCAA National Championship Tournament, their 26 consecutive appearances. The Bruins finished the regular season on an eight-game unbeaten streak. The conference title makes it the sixth title in 9 years.

Since the beginning of the men's soccer tournament in 1959, UCLA has won national championship in 1985, 1990, 1997, and 2002; and finished second in 1970, 1972, 1973, and 2006.

On Sunday, November 23, 2008, three UCLA alumni Frankie Hejduk, Sigi Schmid and Mike Lapper helped the Columbus Crew to win its first-ever MLS title by defeating the New York Red Bulls, (3-1), in the 2008 MLS Cup at Carson, California.

The women's soccer team has won the Pac-10 championships eight times since the beginning play in 1993. It has appeared six times in the College Cup and made 12 appearances in the NCAA National Championship Tournament. They finished second three times (2000, 2004, and 2005).

For the 2008 Women's Soccer Championships, the undefeated UCLA women's soccer team was named one of the four No. 1 seeds, the third time in program history. The Bruins defeated Fresno State Bulldogs (5-0), San Diego Toreros (1-0), and USC Trojans (1-0) to advance to the Elite Eight. On November 29, Kristina Larsen scored two goals to lead the team to a 6-1 win over the Duke Blue Devils and a spot in the College Cup final four. Four others scored a goal each.

The UCLA men's tennis team is shooting for its sixth Pac-10 title and a NCAA championship in the 2009 season. The only school to have competed in every NCAA Men's Tennis Tournament, the team has won 16 national championships and 36 Pac-10 conference titles. Coach Bill Martin, who played at UCLA, has a 14 straight top 5 NCAA team finishes and a 9 consecutive 20-win seasons. He was named ITA division 1 National Coach of the Year and is a member of ITA Hall of Fame.

The women's team, which won its first national championship in 2008, is coached by Stella Sampras the sister of Pete Sampras, who donated a scholarship at UCLA. Number of players have won the individual titles, inculding Keri Phebus (1995 Singles), Heather Ludloff and Lynn Lewis (1982 Doubles), Allyson Cooper and Stella Sampras (1988 Doubles), Mamie Ceniza and Iwalani McCalla (1992 Doubles), Keri Phebus and Susie Starrett (1995 Doubles), Daniela Bercek and Lauren Fisher (2004 Doubles), and Tracey Lin and Riza Zalameda (2008 Doubles).

The UCLA volleyball teams have set a standard in collegiate volleyball by winning national titles, 19 in men's volleyball and 3 for the women's team. The women's team has made 11 NCAA Final Four appearances (1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 2006).

When talking about college water polo teams, UCLA's men and women water polo teams are on top of the list. The women's team has captured 6 of the 8 championships since it became an NCAA sponsored event. Four UCLA water polo alumni and former coach Guy Baker were members of the USA women's and men's teams participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Natalie Golda (now Benson) and Jaime Hipp were members of the women's team, while Adam Wright and Brandon Brooks were on the men's team. Both teams won a silver medal.

Patrick Ianni, Jackie Robinson, Rafer Johnson, Yang Chuan-kwang (C.K. Yang), Walt Hazzard, Gail Goodrich, Troy Aikman, Gary Beban, Cade McNown, Kenny Easley, Tom Fears, Billy Kilmer, Bob Waterfield, Mark Harmon, Jimmy Connors, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor), Jamaal Wilkes, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Evelyn Ashford, Bill Walton, Kenny Washington, Arthur Ashe, Reggie Miller, Karch Kiraly, Troy Glaus, Tim Daggett, Baron Davis, Stacey Nuveman, Lisa Fernandez, Amanda Freed, Tairia Flowers, Donna de Varona, Cobi Jones, and Ann Meyers are just some of the notable athletic alumni. Its coaches have included Red Sanders, Tommy Prothro, Dick Vermeil, Terry Donahue, Al Scates, Adam Krikorian, Jonathan Bornstein, Andy Banachowski, Jim Harrick, and John Wooden.

Several UCLA alumni have been important in fighting against segregation and racial discrimination in sports. Jackie Robinson was the first African-American to play Major League Baseball. Kenny Washington was the first African-American to play in the NFL after World War II. Don Barksdale was the first African-American to be named consensus college basketball All-American, the first African American to play with the U.S. Olympic basketball team, and the first African-American to appear in an NBA All-Star Game. Arthur Ashe was one of the first successful African-American tennis players.

In addition to the success of its collegiate sports program, UCLA is always well represented at the Olympics. In the 2004 Athens games, UCLA sent 56 athletes, more than any other university in the country. At the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Bruins won 15 medals, include 4 gold, 9 silver, and 2 bronze. If UCLA were a country, it would have finished tie for 17th place. Additionally, five coaches came from UCLA: Jillian Ellis (women's soccer, gold), Guy Baker (women's water polo, silver), Bob Alejo (men's beach volleyball, gold), Jeannette Boldon (women's track and field, multiple medals), and Jon Speraw (men's volleyball, gold).

The Bruin mascots are Joe and Josephine Bruin. There have been a number of editions of the bruins over the years, with the happy bruins as the favorites of the fans. The mean ones were retired. One of the old mascots has been retired to the Bruin Hall of Fame. They have participated in other events for UCLA besides athletic events.

The Solid Gold Sound of the UCLA Bruin Marching Band entertains the crowds at Bruin games. The school fight songs are "Sons of Westwood" and "The Mighty Bruins".

UCLA shares a traditional sports rivalry with the nearby University of Southern California. This rivalry is relatively unique in NCAA Division I sports because both schools are located within the same city, Los Angeles. The Lexus Gauntlet is the name given to a competition between UCLA and the University of Southern California in the 18 varsity sports that both compete in head-to-head; in 2003, 2005, and 2007 UCLA won the Lexus Gauntlet Trophy, while the University of Southern California has won the trophy in 2002, 2004, and 2006.

The annual football game features both teams vying for the Victory Bell.

In conjunction with the opening of the J.D. Morgan Athletics Center in November 1983, UCLA established an athletic Hall of Fame with 25 charter members representing a cross-section of the school's athletic history. Each year, a minimum of one and a maximum of eight former UCLA athletes, coaches or administrators are added to the Hall of Fame. Upon its 23rd year of existence, The Hall of Fame was moved to a new location facing Westwood Plaza. The new Hall of Fame is now double in size after its renovation and expansion, which was completed in the Winter of 2000. The first floor in the east wing of the new J.D. Morgan Athletics Center features the 8,000-square-foot (740 m2) Athletics Hall of Fame and serves as the main entrance to the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

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UCLA Band

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The 250 member UCLA Bruin Marching Band, known as The Solid Gold Sound, represents the University at major athletic and extracurricular events. During the fall marching season, the Band performs at the Rose Bowl for UCLA Bruin home football games. Pregame shows by the Band aim to build crowd energy and enthusiasm with traditional UCLA songs like Strike Up the Band for UCLA, Sons of Westwood and The Mighty Bruins. Throughout the game, the Band performs custom-arranged rock and pop songs, as well as the traditional fight songs and cheers of the University. The UCLA Varsity band appears at basketball games and other athletic contests in Pauley Pavilion.

The UCLA Band program, which includes the Marching and Varsity bands, the Wind Ensemble and the Symphonic Band, is in the School of the Arts and Architecture's Department of Music, part of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Band appearances at athletic events are funded by the UCLA Athletic department, as well as student registration fees, and the Solid Gold Sound foundation.

Instrumentation of the Solid Gold Sound is similar to other major college marching bands.

In 2007, the Band marched 24 Sousaphones along with two alternates. 25 new Yamaha Sousaphones were purchased from a special allocation of funds from the Chancellor's Office.

Note that the UCLA Marching Band currently does not march Baritones or Baritone Saxophones. Although, marching baritone horns, and before that, bell front euphoniums had been a component in the past.

The UCLA Marching Band marches in a Drum corps style with low mark times and glide steps. Field formations include letter blocks, pictures, concert arcs, and the famous UCLA script. The band does many different styles of shows, depending upon the occasion. Home games allow more time for musical numbers and formations. Away game shows must be shorter, and often will be up-tempo and fast moving to entertain an opposing school's fans.

The exception to the drum corps marching style is the traditional pregame "run-on" where the band rapidly high-steps onto the field into the block letter U-C-L-A formation.

In 1925, at the Vermont avenue campus, The UCLA Marching Band originated as a 50-piece ROTC unit under the direction of W.G. Powell. The band was part of the welcoming group when John Philip Sousa visited Los Angeles in 1928, and were directed by Sousa in the performance of Stars and Stripes Forever. At that time, the director was Ben Laietsky, a member of Sousa's band. The band remained a military group until 1934. In 1935, under the direction of Leroy Allen, the group became an integral part of campus life, providing music at rallies and games. The original uniforms were military style, with military caps and waist-length capes.

Under directors C. B. Hunt and Patton McNaughton, the band increased in size to 128 members by 1947.

In 1952, Clarence Sawhill became director of Bands. F. Kelly James became the director of the marching band, a position he would hold until suffering a stroke at the UCLA-Cal football game in 1980. Sawhill and James grew the UCLA band program to include a 100 piece Concert Band, an 80 piece Symphonic Wind Ensemble, a 144-piece Marching Band, and a 60 piece Varsity Band.

In the 1960s and 1970s the band emulated the Queen's Guard. The band had a similar marching style, including the distinctive arm swinging, but also having the high "chair" step. The uniform pants were school colors blue and black trim, and imitation Bearskin (or tall Busby) hats. In the early 1960s, the uniform coats were gold. later the uniform coats were dark blue. The shoes were black with white spats.

In 1961, the Band made a European Tour which included performances in Denmark, France, Austria, Germany, England and Switzerland.

In 1972, women were admitted to the UCLA Band, as well as other college marching bands around the country as a response to the Title IX educational amendment. Many marching bands, including the UCLA Band, had women members or a women's auxiliary unit during World War II, but the bands gradually became all-male organizations after the war.

In 1973, the band wore gold jackets, navy blue pants, navy blue turtleneck sweaters, and no hat, for one game. They were never used after that.

In 1977, the school purchased new uniforms that were royal blue with yellow trim. The large overcoats had a white front with block vertical UCLA letters. There were tall white plush busby hats with blue and yellow plumes.

The band underwent a shift in style in 1982 when Gordon Henderson came from the University of Kentucky to become the director. Henderson has been involved with Drum Corps, notably the Santa Clara Vanguard, the Cavaliers and the Cadets and brought the Drum Corps style to the band. Henderson is serving as Program Coordinator for the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps from Casper, Wyoming for their 50th anniversary season in 2008.

In 1985, the band got newly designed uniforms, in the current military style. These uniforms were designed with band member input to replace the brightly colored 1977 uniforms. The uniforms consisted of navy blue wool trousers and coat with trim of orange-yellow (California poppy-colored) and white, knee-length, orange-yellow capes on the left shoulder. The shoes were changed to white. White gloves were standard as well. The large bearskin hats were replaced by Shako hats with white 12" feather plumes. An all-powder blue uniform was prototyped, but rejected in favor of the navy blue. The color guard did wear powder blue uniform coats and skirts similar in style to the new uniforms for two years.

In 2007 the band was outfitted with new uniforms at the USC game. The coats are now the official "True Blue" color adopted by UCLA in 2003. Other elements from the 1985 uniforms were retained.

In 1985, Dr. Thomas Lee came from the University of Texas to be the Director of Bands and Director of the Wind Ensemble.

The UCLA Bruin Marching Band was the 1993 recipient of the Sudler Trophy, presented by the John Philip Sousa Foundation in recognition of the Band's tradition of excellence and innovation.

Fifty members of the Band, along with six members of the UCLA Dance Team, performed in the Chinese New Year Day Parade in Hong Kong in January, 2006. The Band spent six days exploring the city and performing at several venues. The parade was broadcast live all over the Asian continent. The Band returned to Hong Kong in 2008 to perform at this same event.

The band became part of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music in 2007 when the departments of Music, Ethnomusicology and Musicology were combined. Musician and recording executive Herb Alpert gave $30 million to UCLA in November 2007, the single largest individual gift to music higher education in the western United States.

For the football pregame show, the UCLA Marching Band traditionally opens with the 20th Century Fox Fanfare and Strike Up The Band for UCLA! a gift from George and Ira Gershwin to UCLA. It was adapted from their showtune "Strike Up the Band," and was presented to UCLA at an All-University Sing held in Royce Hall during the Fall of 1936. The Star Spangled Banner is played by the band in concert formation. Then the band moves into the script UCLA formation to the tune of Sons of Westwood. The band marches off the field to The Mighty Bruins, composed in 1984 by Academy Award winning composer Bill Conti to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the UCLA Alumni Association.

At basketball games, the band is pared to an elite squad of 50 players, and selects from a book of over 50 songs, most of which are custom-arranged for the band. Director Gordon Henderson brought the Trombone Cheer from the University of Kentucky, and is played after player introductions and before tipoff, and again prior to tipoff of the 2nd half.

Following all athletic contests, the band plays the UCLA Alma Mater Hail to the Hills of Westwood. After victories, this is followed by Rover.

The entire UCLA Marching Band travels to the San Francisco Bay area each fall for either the Stanford or Cal game. This tradition began in 1931, when the band traveled to the Stanford game by ship from Los Angeles. Beginning in 1989, a portion of the band has taken regular season trips to football games at Arizona, Michigan, Texas, Miami, Ohio State, Colorado, Illinois, Washington, and Arizona State.

In 2006, the entire UCLA Marching band traveled to South Bend, Indiana for a game at the University of Notre Dame.

The UCLA Marching Band has made appearances at major post season college football bowl games throughout the country.

144 members of the UCLA Bruin Marching Band performed together with the Oregon State University Marching Band at a regular season football game for the Mirage Bowl in Tokyo, Japan in 1980.

125 members of the Band performed in the 736-member All American Marching Band at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 1984 summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles under the direction of rival USC's Spirit of Troy Trojan Marching Band leader Dr. Arthur C. Bartner. A small group of these students performed at various sports venues during the games, including those for Cycling, Gymnastics, Archery, Modern Pentathlon and Tennis.

The UCLA Marching Band has entertained crowds at NFL professional football games on many occasions.

The UCLA Marching Band has made recruiting appearances at many High Schools in Northern and Southern California. The Band has also performed as a guest in High School field tournaments including those at Los Altos High School in Hacienda Heights, Chino High School, Mission Viejo High School, Royal High School in Simi Valley, Irvine High School, and Rowland High School in Rowland Heights.

The UCLA Varsity Band plays in Pauley Pavilion for winter sports. The UCLA Varsity Band appears with thirty to eighty members at Women's Volleyball in the Fall, Men's and Women's basketball in the Winter, and Men's Volleyball in the spring. The UCLA Varsity band has appeared at many other events to support the highly successful UCLA teams such as: Men's and Women's soccer, Track and Field, Water Polo, men's baseball and women's softball.

When the Bruin teams advance in NCAA tournament play, the Varsity Band can be found supporting the team at many venues outside Los Angeles. For Men's and Women's basketball, the UCLA Varsity Band has been with the team through their numerous NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship and NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship regional and final runs. The band has also traveled with the Volleyball teams to the championship sites.

Because of the campus location near many movie studios, the UCLA band has appeared in many movies where a marching band is needed.

The band also appeared in the 41st Academy Awards show in 1969 to play the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang theme song, which was nominated for Best Original Song. They were introduced by Ingrid Bergman and Sidney Poitier as the "answer to the musical question: Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang?". Dancer Paula Kelly performed along with the band. It was listed by Newsday as one of the most memorable moments in the 1969 broadcast, the first international broadcast of the show.

Because of the number of movies premiered in nearby Westwood and Hollywood, the UCLA Band has been invited periodically to be part of the festivities. In July 2007, the Band played for the premiere of The Simpsons Movie in Westwood Village. The movie was directed by David Silverman, who was a Sousaphone player with the UCLA Bruin Marching Band in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The Band also has made numerous TV appearances on televised college sports, shows and commercials. National and regional broadcasts of UCLA athletic contests have included audio and video of the band in the stands or performing on the field.

The Band has recorded several music long-playing records and compact discs.

A recording of the Band is on the double platinum album The Innocent Age released in 1981 by Dan Fogelberg. The Band is credited for the Washington Post March at the end of the LP track "Leader of the Band", which rose to No. 1 on the Billboard Single Chart in 1982. The arrangement of the march was by Lawrence Fogelberg, a marching band director from Peoria, Illinois, and also Dan's father. Dan played the cymbals during the recording session.

The band also appeared in the Destiny's Child video "Bugaboo". Wyclef Jean appeared in the video as the Band's Drum Major, and also played the marching snare drum. The music video received heavy rotation on MTV and BET.

Notable directors of the band include W.G Powell, the first director of the ROTC band, Ben Laietsky 1928-31 (former member of the Sousa Band), Leroy Allen 1934-47, Patton McNaughton 1947-51, Clarence Sawhill 1952-72, assistant director Kelly James 1955-81, and Robert Winslow 1972-74. The current director of the marching band since 1982 is Gordon Henderson who is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. The assistant director of the marching band is Dr. Jennifer Judkins, a graduate of UCLA. The director of bands is currently Dr. Thomas Lee who, joined the faculty in 1985 from the University of Texas. Dr. Lee is a graduate of the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.

In addition to the school songs mentioned above, the UCLA Band plays a number of other arrangements.

When the band was in Japan for the Mirage bowl, they brought back with them a pop song called 'UCLA Feeling', also known by its Engrish title 'UCLA Feering'.

Ron Logan - former Executive Vice President, Executive Producer, for Walt Disney Entertainment.

The UCLA Band is served by the Psi chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi. Pursuant with purposes of Kappa Kappa Psi , the Psi chapter works to serve the UCLA Bands and the students involved with the band program.

The UCLA band is also served by the Epsilon Kappa chapter of Tau Beta Sigma. Tau Beta Sigma is a National Honorary Band Sorority that provides service to collegiate bands, encourages the advancement of women in the band profession, and promotes and enriches an appreciation of band music through recognition, leadership development and education of its members. The UCLA chapter of ΤΒΣ was founded on June 2, 1973. In 2007 Epsilon Kappa was awarded the Grace and A. Frank Martin Leadership Award, designating Epsilon Kappa as the most outstanding chapter in the nation for the biennium.

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2008 UCLA Bruins football team

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The UCLA Bruins football team (Motto: Then ... Now ... Forever) opened the 2008 campaign by playing its first game at home against Tennessee under new head coach Rick Neuheisel, at 5:00 p.m. at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California. The Bruins will play six of the Top 25 teams in the 2007 final Associated Press rankings, with eight opponents played in last season's bowl games. More than half of the opponents had won nine or more games during the 2007 season.

The Bruins will have seven home games and five away games this season, UCLA's 90th season in college football and 27th season at the Rose Bowl. Since moving to the Rose Bowl, the Bruins have a 109-46-2 record (winning 70%).

On Monday, August 19, Neuheisel named Kevin Craft (#3) as starting quarterback for the first game of the season. Both Ben Olson (#7) and Patrick Cowan (#12) were injured in pre-season practices. Other available quarterbacks are Chris Forcier (#8), Osaar Rasshan (#11), and Nick Crissman (#18).

Alterraun Verner and Aaron Perez have been named to the 2008 Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic football team. Verner majors in mathematics and Perez is a sociology major. Sophomore place kicker Kai Forbath has been named to Associated Press' All-America third team.

Other members of the coaching staff include: Wayne Moses, Running Backs coach; Bob Palcic, Offensive Line coach; Reggie Moore, Wide Receivers coach; Todd Howard, Defensive Line coach; Chuck Bullough, Linebackers coach; Tim Hauck, Secondary Coach; Frank Gansz, Jr., Special Teams.

SPECIALISTS: PK - Kai Forbath (25), Jeff Locke (49); KO - Jimmy Rotstein (37); P - Aaron Perez (17), 39 Danny Reese (39); LS - Christian Yount (52); H - 17 Aaron Perez (17); PR - Terrence Austin (4), Ryan Graves (2); KOR 4 Terrence Austin (4), Raymond Carter (20).

In addition to the games on TV, the football games are broadcasted on the UCLA ISP Sports Network (AM570 Sports, in Los Angeles), with Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook. 2008 marks the 17th year of the voice of the Bruins for Roberts, 12th season for Stevens, and 7th year for Cook. Both Stevens and Cook are former quarterbacks for UCLA.

This was the season-opening game for both teams. Tennessee held a 7-4-2 record on the Bruins before game time. Only San Diego State had more games with the Bruins in a non-conference series history. The 1996 game against Tennessee set an attendance record with a crowd of 106,297 at Neyland Stadium.

UCLA and the University of Tennessee agreed to move up their football game to Labor Day in order to have the game nationally televised on ESPN as one of only two football games played on the final day of college football opening weekend. The game was originally scheduled for September 6. The game kicked off from the Rose Bowl at 5 p.m. Pacific Time in the ESPN Monday Night Football time slot, which for the rest of the season is devoted to NFL professional football. The moving of the game altered the schedules of the two teams. Tennessee was scheduled to begin the season on August 30 against the University of Alabama-Birmingham, but that game was moved to September 13. UCLA changed the September 6 slot to be an open date.

UCLA went ahead in the first quarter when Sean Westgate returned a blocked-punt for a 17-yard touchdown. After throwing four interceptions in the first half, Kevin Craft threw a 3-yard pass to Ryan Moya in a 70-yard drive that put UCLA in the lead late in the fourth quarter. Then Daniel Lincoln's 47 yard field goal tied the game with no time in regulation. But Kai Forbath kicked a 42-yard field goal to give the Bruins a 27-24 lead. The Volunteers were unable to match the Bruins in overtime when Lincoln's field goal attempt went wide left.

The win makes Rick Neuheisel, a former UCLA quarterback who was the 1984 Rose Bowl MVP, only the third head coach to win in the first game. The win also marks the first win as a Bruin offensive coordinator for Norm Chow.

Tennessee Head Coach Phil Fulmer has a season opener record of 14-3, with all three losses coming to teams in California: a 25-23 loss to UCLA at the Rose Bowl in 1994, a 45-31 loss to California in 2007, and this game.

It was a homecoming for Norman Chow, who was an assistant coach at BYU for many years. Dewayne Walker also coached the Cougars as defensive coordinator. The Bruins held a 7-2 record on the Cougars prior to the game. BYU was ranked No. 18 in the AP Top 25 poll and No. 15 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll. Former BYU quarterback Ben Olson did not play due to injuries. In his first career start at San Diego State, Kevin Craft completed 20 of 32 passes for 216 yards against BYU.

BYU scored first on a Max Hall pass to Dennis Pitta for 10 yards for a touchdown; then another Hall pass to Austin Collie for a two-yard score in the second quarter. UCLA fumbled the ball and the Cougars recovered, which led to Hall's pass to Collie for the third touchdown. The Bruins again fumbled and Hall had his 4th touchdown pass to Michael Reed. Another Bruins' fumble gave Hall his 5th pass touchdown. Before the end of second quarter, Hall threw his 6th pass (2 yards) to Pitta.

In the second half, Max Hall passed to Harvey Unga for a 6-yard touchdown, Mitch Payne kicked a 24-yard field goal and Wayne Latu rushed for a 13-yard touchdown to give BYU the 59-0 win. This was the worst loss the Bruins endured since a 76-0 defeat in the very first UCLA-USC rivalry football game.

The Bruins held a 19-11-2 record on the Wildcats at game time. On a day when the Bruins were woeful in punt coverage and bad in third down conversions, the Arizona Wildcats won 31-10 in the Rose Bowl. Arizona quarterback Willie Tuitama, who had been a thorn to UCLA for the last couple of years, threw 222 yards and a pair of touchdowns to tight end Rob Gronkowski.

The only touchdown for UCLA came from Korey Bosworth, who recovered a Wildcat fumble and rolled one yard into the end zone for the score. Kai Fobath kicked a 35-yard field goal to cut Arizona's lead to 17-10 at half-time.

No scoring by either team in the third quarter, but Arizona took care of that by scoring two touchdowns with the short fields in the final period. UCLA running back Chane Moline (#42) had 72 yards rushing and Arizona's wide receiver Mike Thomas (#10) caught for 112 yards. Aaron Perez kicked two punts for more than 50 yards for the Bruins and they were downed inside the two-yard line.

Before the game, the Bruins held a 6-1 record on the Bulldogs. The game was a public safety appreciation game. Because of a knee injury, Fresno State's top defense lineman Jon Monga did not play.

A Derrick Coleman fumble in the redzone in the fourth quarter took away the Bruins' hope of keeping the Bulldogs from winning a game in the Rose Bowl stadium. Fresno State won its first game there by five points, taking control of the final 8 minutes and 55 seconds and not allowing a UCLA comeback.

The Bruins had a 35-18-1 record on the Cougars. UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremony was held during half-time. The game was the conference opener for both teams.

UCLA quarterback Kevin Craft (#3) passed for 224 yards, Derrick Coleman (#33) rushed for 51 yards and Terrence Austin (#4) had 78 yards of receiving in this game. There were no UCLA turnovers for the first time since their game at Arizona on Nov. 3, 2007. With the win, Coach Rick Neuheisel has a 6-0 record on the Washington State Cougars.

The Ducks beat the Washington Huskies 44-10 in the first game of the season. UCLA leads in the series with a 39-22 record on Oregon.

The Oregon Ducks handed UCLA a fourth loss for the season by scoring two touchdowns in the first half. In early third quarter, Derrick Coleman scored a touchdown for UCLA, but the Ducks answered with a LeGarrette Blout touchdown within 90 seconds. Kahlil Bell scored with 27 seconds left in the third quarter to close the gap at 21-14.

Fourth quarter saw both teams scoring a field goal and a touchdown. Jeff Miller caught a touchdown pass for the Bruins and Blount had a touchdown for the Ducks.

It was Homecoming, parent's weekend and high school band day at the Rose Bowl for the Bruins. High school bands, along with Stanford Band and UCLA Band performed during half time. The Cardinal started the season with a Pac-10 win over the Beavers 36-28 and had a 4-3 (3-1 in Pac-10) record entering the game. Last week, the Cardinal beat Arizona 24-23 in an exciting conference game, while the Bruins lost a close game to the Ducks. UCLA had a record of 44-31-3 on the Cardinal going into the game.

With ten seconds left, UCLA behind by four points, quarterback Kevin Craft passed to freshman Cory Harkey for a 7-yard touchdown to stage an upset win, 23-20, over the Stanford Cardinal in the northeast corner of the Rose Bowl Saturday afternoon. Two turnovers by the Bruins led to the 14 Stanford points in the first half.

In the game, Bruins' Craft had 285 passing yards and Taylor Embree caught 72 yards, while Stanford's Toby Gerhard rushed for 138 yards. Also for UCLA, Terrence Austin scored on a 2-yard pass from Craft and Kai Forbath kicked three field goals (37, 19, and 28 yards). Gerhard scored two touchdowns and Aaron Zagory kicked two field goals (40 and 29 yards) for Stanford.

The Golden Bears opened the season with an exciting win over Michigan State at home. The Bruins led the series, 49-28-1, on the Golden Bears.

Turnovers through-out the game gave Cal another conference win, 41-20, over the Bruins and most likely took away UCLA's chance for a post-season bowl game. Best numbers came from Kevin Craft (UCLA #3), 206 yards passing; Jahvid Best (Cal #4), 115 yards rushing; and Taylor Embree (UCLA #82), 90 yards receiving.

Veterans and Armed Forces Appreciation Day at the Rose Bowl, honoring the U.S. service men and women. Flyover by the United States Air Force. UCLA leads the Beavers in football with a 39-13-4 record.

The Oregon State Beavers took the game away from the Bruins in the second half by scoring 14 points after half-time in the third quarter and allowing only a field goal to UCLA. Kevin Craft was intercepted twice in the fourth quarter to dash any hope of a come back. Highlights for the Bruins include a 67-yard punt by Aaron Perez, Taylor Embree's five receptions for 64 yards and Reggie Carter's 10 tackles.

Huskies head coach Tyrone Willingham already had been fired from his position. On October 27, 2008, the University of Washington announced that he will not be retained as head coach after the completion of Washington's 2008 football season. Willingham becomes the third Washington coach to be fired (out of the last four) since Hall of Fame coach Don James resigned in 1993 because of pending NCAA and Pac-10 sanctions against his team where his players were determined to have "accepted substantial and illegal benefits under James, likely with his knowledge" .

UCLA coach Neuheisel had been fired in the summer of 2003 from the University of Washington in relation to his participation in a neighborhood pool for the 2003 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament and lies he told about his actions. The University of Washington had its probation extended for failing to monitor its football program. This was Neuheisel's first return to Husky Stadium following the firing. There was some booing, but not a significant amount. The Huskies had been on a winless streak all season, and were at 0-9.

The day was sunny and dry, so weather was not a factor as can often be the case in Seattle in November. Under the direction of quarterback Kevin Craft, the Bruins drove 80 yards in 12 plays. Running back Derrick Coleman rushed for a touchdown in the first half. In the second half, the Bruins launched a ninety-two yard drive. Backed up against the goal line, running back Kahlil Bell ran four straight times, and Craft followed with several key pass completions. UCLA finally scored on a run by Bell, taking the 24-7 lead.

UCLA leads the series 15-8-1, following the Sun Devils' 2007 24-20 win.

The Sun Devils ended UCLA's hope of a post season play with a 34-9 victory over the Bruins. Kai Forbath kicked three field goals, including a 53-yarder, for all of the Bruins' points. ASU had four defensive touchdowns, including a 100-yard interception touchdown.

In the game, Marcus Everett caught eight passes for 75 yards, Michael Norris had six tackles, and Korey Bosworth tallied two sacks during the game for UCLA. A school record was set when Aaron Perez punted eight times for a total career punt yards mark and Terrence Austin ran for 188 all purpose yards, 131 yards in kickoff returns.

USC leads the series, 42-28-7, but UCLA has an 8-5 record over the Trojans in the Rose Bowl. Rick Neuheisel vs. USC is 1-1. Senior athlete salute. Before the season this game garnered interest in seeing how coach Rick Neuheisel would perform in his battle to gain supremacy in Los Angeles. Both schools will wear their home colorful uniforms, first time since 1982.

A fumble recovery turned into a pass reception touchdown by Kahlil Bell in the beginning of the game was all the scoring by the Bruins in this the latest cross-town rivalry game. Quarterback Kevin Craft completed 11 out of 28 passes for a total of 89 yards and had one pass intercepted. He finished the season with 232 completions, second place in history. Terrence Austin set a new school record with 1,878 all-purpose yards, surpassing Maurice Jones Drew, who had 1,863 yards in 2005.

Joe McKnight (12-yard run), Damian Williams (12-yard pass from Mark Sanchez), Stafon Johnson (2-yard run) and Patrick Turner (18-yard pass from Sanchez) accounted for the Trojans' scores. Sanchez passed for 269 yards, McKnight ran for 99 yards and Turner caught for 81 yards.

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2008–09 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team

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The 2008-09 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team opened the season on November 3 when it took on Cal Baptist in an exhibition game in Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins will participate in the 2K Sports Classic, Pac-10/Big 12 Series, and the John R. Wooden Classic in the Honda Center.

The team opened the season with the following starters: Alfred Aboya (Center), James Keefe (Power forward), Josh Shipp (Small forward), Jrue Holiday (Shooting guard) and Darren Collison (Point guard).

The team opted not to have an October 17, 2008 Midnight Madness celebration this year. Practices began on Saturday, October 18, as they prepared for the first exhibition game on Monday, November 3. The team has been picked to finish first in the Pac-10 conference again, over Arizona State, USC and Arizona.

Freshman Tyler Trapani (#4), great-grandson of former head coach John Wooden, had joined the team.

Three players from last season's team, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute were chosen to play in the NBA. Westbrook was picked by the Seattle Sonics, now Oklahoma City Thunder, as the fourth overall pick, Love was the fifth pick by the Memphis Grizzlies, and Mbah a Moute was picked by the Milwaukee Bucks, the 37th pick in the NBA draft.

The team finished the season by losing to Villanova 89-69 in the second round of the NCAA National Championship Tournament, but graduated the most talented seniors, who won an astonishing 123 games.

During half-time of the January 31 game against Stanford, the Bruins' 1963-64 and 1964-65 National Championship teams were honored, along with their 98-year-old former coach John R. Wooden, who told the crowd that he can still remember those years. The game also marked the Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend with both teams wore white sneakers with their suits and ties.

A week later at the Notre Dame game, Troy Aikman was honored for his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame and for having recently completed his courses for a degree in sociology during half-time. A plaque was presented to Aikman to be permanently displayed at UCLA's Hall of Fame.

Seniors Alfred Aboya and Darren Collison played more games for UCLA than any other player in history, passing Mitchell Butler's 130 games from 1990-93.

The 72-54 DePaul victory in the December 13, 2008 John R. Wooden Classic game was coach Ben Howland's 300th career victory.

Sidney Wicks and his 1968-69 championship team were honored during halftime of the final home game against Oregon on Saturday, March 7, 2009.

These former players are now playing on a NBA team: Jason Kapono, Arron Afflalo, Dan Gadzuric, Luc Mbah a Moute, Ryan Hollins, Baron Davis, Trevor Ariza, Jordan Farmar, Matt Barnes, Kevin Love, Earl Watson, and Russell Westbrook.

UCLA's three-year reign came to an end when Washington defeated Washington State, 67–60 to win the regular season Pac-10 title.

Darren Collison was named to the All-Pac 10 team; Josh Shipp was named to the second team; Alfred Aboya was honorable mention on the All-Pac 10 team; Jrue Holiday was named to the All-Freshman team; and Alfred Aboya and Darren Collison were named to the All-Defensive team.

In the NCAA National Championship tournament, Alfred Aboya scored two free-throw points with 48 seconds remaining in the game to help UCLA get by VCU in the first round at the East Regional in Philadelphia's Wachovia Center. Top scorers in the game were Eric Maynor (21) for VCU and Josh Shipp (16) for UCLA.

In the second round, with six Wildcats scoring double-digit points, Villanova ended UCLA's hope of going to the Final Four for the fourth time in a row. Dante Cunningham had 18 points; Reggie Redding and Corey Fisher had 13; Corey Stokes put up 12; eleven points came from Scottie Reynolds and ten points were put up by Dwayne Anderson for the winning team. Josh Shipp had 18 points and Alfred Aboya had 8 rebounds for UCLA.

On Friday, April 3, Alfred Aboya will play in the Hershey's all-star game, which is part of the kickoff celebration to Final Four weekend at Ford Field.

The team finished the season with an attendance of 392,980 in 35 games, averaging 11,228 fans per game.

Freshman guard Jrue Holiday announced on April 9 that he would make himself eligible for the NBA draft without signing with an agent.

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